Agriculture is one area of policy where EU governments have agreed to fully pool responsibility — along with the necessary public funding.
So instead of policy and financial support being directed by each individual country, they are the responsibility of the EU as a whole. This reflects both an expansion of the EU's other responsibilities and cost savings from reforms. Since , for example, the EU has welcomed 13 new member countries without any increase in farm spending. Skip to main content.
Topics of the European Union. Institutions and bodies Agencies and other EU bodies. Agriculture, fisheries and food Agriculture Food safety Maritime affairs and fisheries. Competition Enterprise Single market Trade. Audiovisual and media Culture Education, training and youth Multilingualism. Budget Economic and monetary affairs Fraud prevention. Employment and social affairs. European production was projected to fall sharply. Similar attempts have been unsuccessful in the past and were opposed in the UK by two strong lobbying organisations the Country Land and Business Association and the National Farmers Union.
Germany, which has large collective farms still in operation in what was East Germany, also vigorously opposed changes marketed as "reforms". The proposal was reportedly submitted for consultation with EU member states on 20 November The policy has evolved significantly since it was created by the Treaty of Rome Substantial reforms over the years have moved the CAP away from a production-oriented policy.
The most recent reform was made in by Commissioner Dacian Ciolos and applies for the period to Each country can choose if the payment will be established at the farm level or at the regional level. Farmers receiving the SFP have the flexibility to produce any commodity on their land except fruit, vegetables and table potatoes.
In addition, they are obliged to keep their land in good agricultural and environmental condition cross-compliance. This is a penalty measure, if farmers do not respect these standards, their payment will be reduced. Intervention mechanisms have diminished significantly, for instance the Commission only intervenes on: The Health Check of the CAP agreed in November has added on a number of measures to help the farmers to respond better to signals from the markets and to face new challenges.
Among a range of measures, the agreement abolishes arable set-aside, increases milk quotas gradually leading up to their abolition in , and converts market intervention into a genuine safety net. Ministers also agreed to increase modulation, whereby direct payments to farmers are reduced and the money transferred to the Rural Development Fund.
Milk quotas expired in April To prepare the dairy farmers for this transition, a 'soft landing' has been ensured by increasing quotas by one percent every year between —10 and — For Italy, the 5 percent increase will be introduced immediately in — In —10 and —11, farmers who exceed their milk quotas by more than 6 percent will have to pay a levy 50 percent higher than the normal penalty. This policy aims to promote the economic, social and environmental development of the countryside. The second one concerns the improvement of the environment and the countryside through support for land management as well as helping to fight climate change.
Such projects could for example concern preserving water quality, sustainable land management, planting trees to prevent erosion and floods. The third axis concerns improving the quality of life in rural areas and encouraging diversification of economic activity. The policy also provides support to the Leader rural development methodology , under which Local Action Groups design and carry out local development strategies for their area.
Member States distribute "second pillar" funds through Rural Development Programme actions. The European Commission discussed the next reform of the CAP, which will coincide with the next financial perspectives package, as from Sectors covered by the CAP The common agricultural policy price intervention covers only certain agricultural products:.
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The coverage of products in the external trade regime is more extensive than the coverage of the CAP regime. This is to limit competition between EU products and alternative external goods for example, lychee juice could potentially compete with orange juice.
The objectives, set out in Article 39 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, are as follows:. The CAP recognised the need to take account of the social structure of agriculture and of the structural and natural disparities between the various agricultural regions and to effect the appropriate adjustments by degrees. CAP is an integrated system of measures that works by maintaining commodity price levels within the EU and by subsidising production. There are a number of mechanisms:.
The change in subsidies is intended to be completed by , but individual governments have some freedom to decide how the new scheme will be introduced.
The UK government has decided to run a dual system of subsidies in England, each year transferring a larger proportion of the total payment to the new scheme. Payments under the old scheme were frozen at their levels averaged over — and reduce each subsequent year. This allows farmers in England a period where their income is maintained, but which they can use to change farm practices to accord with the new regime.
Other governments have chosen to wait, and change the system in one go at the latest possible time. Governments also have limited discretion to continue to direct a small proportion of the total subsidy to support specific crops. Alterations to the qualifying rules meant that many small landowners became eligible to apply for grants and the Rural Payments Agency in England received double the previous number of applications , The CAP also aims to promote legislative harmonisation within the Community.
Differing laws in member countries can create problems for anyone seeking to trade between countries. Examples are regulations on permitted preservatives or food colouring , labelling regulations, use of hormones or other drugs in livestock intended for human consumption and disease control, animal welfare regulations. The process of removing all hidden legislative barriers to trade is still incomplete. CAP reform has steadily lowered its share of the EU budget but it still accounts for nearly half of the EU expenditure.
The reformed common agricultural policy came into force in The Commission launched the CAP reform process with an extensive public debate on the future of the Cap between April and June , followed by a public conference in July , with around participants. Based on the wide-ranging public debate, on 18 November , the Commission presented a Communication on "The CAP towards "  The Communication Paper outlined three options for the future CAP and launched a consultation with other institutions and stakeholders.
These contributions form an integral part of the Impact Assessment of the legal proposals. The impact assessment evaluates alternative scenarios for the evolution of the policy on the basis of extensive quantitative and qualitative analysis . On 12 October the Commission presented a set of legal proposals to reform the common agricultural policy CAP after According to the proposal, the three broad objectives of the future CAP are: Direct payments contribute to keeping farming in place throughout the EU territory by supporting and stabilising farmers' income, thereby ensuring the longer term economic viability of farms and making them less vulnerable to fluctuations in prices.
They also provide basic public goods through their link with cross compliance. The legal proposals aim to move away from the different systems of the Single Payments Scheme in the EU which allows for historical references, or a payment per hectare, or a "hybrid" combination of the two and the Single Area Payments Scheme SAPS in most of the EU, a new "Basic Payment Scheme" will apply after It intends to reduce significantly the discrepancies between the levels of payments obtained between farmers, between regions and between Member States.
All Member States will be obliged to move towards a uniform payment per hectare at national or regional level by the start of The legal proposals propose new concepts.
Among them is the "greening" of direct payment. Farmers would be obliged to fulfil certain criteria such as crop diversification, maintenance of permanent pasture, the preservation of environmental reservoirs and landscapes. The figure will either be linked to the average payment per beneficiary, or the national average payment per hectare for 3 ha.
Participants will face less stringent cross-compliance requirements, and be exempt from greening. This new definition is aimed to exclude payments to applicants who exercise no real or tangible agricultural activity on their land. The funds "saved" will be transferred to the Rural Development envelope in the given country.
However, cross compliance will be greatly simplified. The Commission put forward its legislative proposals on 12 October The European Parliament and the Council, debated the text. The approval of the different regulations and implementing acts was received by mid The CAP reform came into force as from 1 January For the first time both institutions European Parliament and the Council decided on an equal footing on the new agriculture legislative package.
The Lisbon Treaty, which came into force on 1 December , has extended the legislative powers of the EP. On agricultural matters, now the European Parliament decides together with the Council in a procedure known as the co-decision procedure. The CAP has been roundly criticised by many diverse interests since its inception.
Criticism has been wide-ranging, and even the European Commission has long been persuaded [ citation needed ] of the numerous defects of the policy. In May , Sweden became the first EU country to take the position that all EU farm subsidies should be abolished, except those related to environmental protection.
Many developing countries are highly dependent on agriculture. As such, the subsidies in the CAP are charged with preventing developing countries from exporting agricultural produce to the EU on a level playing field. The WTO Doha Development Round , which intended to increase global development, has stalled due to the developed countries' refusal to remove agricultural subsidies.
A review of post proposal by Prof. Alan Matthews underlines the lack of ambition in tackling the issue. The EU has reduced the effect of these barriers for a number of developing countries through extending the scope of preferential access under various trade agreements , and a further reduction is being negotiated in the WTO Doha Round. Nonetheless, developing countries will be disappointed that the opportunity was not taken in this reform to set a final date for the ending of export subsidies. A more ambitious CAP reform, in which the targeting of direct payments was pursued more insistently and coupled payments were phased out, would also have a greater effect in removing the remaining distortions caused by the CAP to world markets.
Matthews showed how linking EU farm subsidies to goals such as environmental protection could help farmers in poor countries, although much depends on the size of the payments and how they are made. At the same time, however, the EU remains the world's biggest importer of farm products from developing countries. The ' Everything but Arms ' programme,  gives the world's 49 least-developed countries duty-free and quota-free access to the EU market.
Under the Economic Partnership Agreements, countries from the African, Caribbean and Pacific group enjoy full duty-free and quota free access. This leads to the European Union purchasing millions of tonnes of surplus output every year at the stated guaranteed market price, and storing this produce in large quantities leading to what critics have called ' butter mountains ' and 'milk lakes' , before selling the produce wholesale to developing nations.
European production was projected to fall sharply. During 3—12 July in Stresa , the Community held an agricultural conference attended by agricultural ministers from member states and the President of the European Commission , Walter Hallstein , along with observers representing agriculture. Manuscript updated in December This publication is part of the 'European Union explained' series. Archived from the original on 24 July The market support prices for cereals, milk and milk products and beef and veal were step-wise reduced while direct coupled payments to farmers were increased. Maritime and Fisheries Fund. Governments also have limited discretion to continue to direct a small proportion of the total subsidy to support specific crops.
This point was actually proven in January , where the EU had a store of , tonnes of cereals, 41, tonnes of sugar and a 2. The food crisis in , which saw the stocks empty out and the prices skyrocket, even introduced a popular demand for the introduction of emergency stocks of agricultural produce in the EU, which would help stabilise prices both on the very volatile markets.
In , the European Commission announced its intention to sell out of its cereal stocks to stabilise the situation after a Russian grain export ban had stung world markets, sending wheat prices to two-year highs and sparked worries of a crisis in global food supplies that could spark widespread strains and protests. In , the EU decided to use existing intervention stocks cereals, milk powder and limited quantities of butter for its "Food Aid for the Needy" scheme for Parts of the EU stocks are exported with the use of export subsidies.
It is argued that many African and Asian dairy, tomato   , grain and poultry farmers cannot keep up with cheap competition from Europe, thus their incomes can no longer provide for their families. For dairy products, export subsidies rose in after having been stopped in In , the main recipients of dairy products that benefitted from export subsidies were: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Nigeria. The Human Development Report states "The basic problem to be addressed in the WTO negotiations on agriculture can be summarised in three words: In the last round of world trade negotiations rich countries promised to cut agricultural subsidies.
Since then, they have increased them". Search in this book. Rather than simply cataloging the various interpretations of European regulations by Member States, this international team examines the economic priorities, the legal bases, the social norms and cultural patterns which come into play, presenting an analytical approach to the study of production rights in European agriculture. This work traces the emergence and the economic and legal content of the different income support tools for agricultural producers, collectively termed 'production rights' and it looks at the foundations of the specific national conceptions underlying the methods of organising agricultural activity.
The book is intended for a varied readership: